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New book release: Bradenton attorney Grant Pies' first published full length novel, "New Alcatraz," is available now on Amazon in print and eBook format, ITunes, Smashwords and Barnes and Noble. Pies' family arrived in Bradenton in the 1840s, and stories of how the area has changed, influenced the major idea behind the science fiction novel, he says. At its core, the book is a murder mystery with science fiction elements. In the year 2070, an attorney, Powell, is convicted of murdering a federal agent. Powell is sentenced to a newly founded penal colony set in the year 5065, deemed "New Alcatraz." Once there, Powell must survive the harsh desert elements of the future as well as the unhinged prisoners that populate the penal colony. Can Powell escape back to the year 2070? And can he return to solve the murder that he was wrongly convicted of? Visit Pies' blog at www.NewAlcatraz.com, where he posts about the future, technology, and how real world developments mirror those in his book.
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Book release: Local author Bobbie Altschul's newest book "Gypsy Coins," a third in the Gypsy series, is available through Amazon.com. Signed copies are only available from the author. Information: 941-286-1203 or email email@example.com.
Book releases: Local author Barbara Alpert just released her two latest books "The Tale Of The Four Palm Trees," a children's picture book holding valuable life lessons for young and old, and "The Tale Of The Four Roses," a book for mature readers. Both books are available on Amazon.com in paperback in Kindle form. Information: 941-721-7410.
Royal Caribbean Cruise: The Anna Maria Island Community Center is partnering with Travel Now LLC of Anna Maria offering a seven-night Eastern Caribbean Cruise aboard the Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas." Leaving from Port Canaveral Feb. 22 and returning March 1, 2015. Ports of call include Coco Cay, the Bahamas, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten. Based on double occupancy and including all taxes, port charges and government fees, prices range from $865 inside to $1,107 outside and $1,274 and up for a room with a balcony. A $100 per cabin will be donated to the community center, and a round-trip bus trip from the center will be available for an additional charge. Information: Barbara Murphy at 941-228-2916 or barbara@travelnowLLC.com.
A Taste of Downtown Food and Wine Festival: Sarasota Opera invites the public to its Taste of Downtown Food and Wine Festival 1-4 p.m. Sept. 13 at 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, featuring culinary treats provided by some of Sarasota's most popular eateries and lounges and fine wine pairings provided by Pangea Wine and Spirits. Participating restaurants include Bijou Cafe, Cafe Americano, Cafe Amici, Cafe l'Europe, Caragiulos, Duval's New World Cafe, El Greco, Louies Modern, Mattison's City Grille, Nancy's Bar-B-Q, Michael's On East, Selva Grill, Roast, Social of First, The Short Giraffe, Tsunami Sushi and Hibachi Grill and Tommy Bahamas. Tickets: $45-$55. Proceeds will benefit Sarasota Youth Opera Program. Information:041-328-1300 or sarasotaopera.org/taste.
A Taste of Europe: Join Freedom Village and Manatee County in support of The Alzheimer's Association at "A Taste of Europe," 6-10 p.m. Sept. 25 at 6406 21st Ave. W., Bradenton. There will be wine and food tastings, a silent auction and liver entertainment. Single tickets are $40, $75 per couple. Information: 941-798-8122.
Charity Golf Tournament: Lakewood Ranch Men's Group and Manatee Habitat for Humanity will host a Charity Golf Tournament beginning with registration at 7 a.m. Sept. 26 at the Legacy Golf Club, 8255 Legacy Blvd., Bradenton. The 18-hole modified scramble will be followed by lunch at the Legacy Country Club. There will be a putting contest, a longest drive contest and prize drawings. Cost: $70. Proceeds will benefit the Manatee Habitat Veteran Build Program. Information: 941-748-9100, ext. 104.
Black and White Ball: The Sarasota Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and Sarasota-Bradenton Kappa Alpha Psi Project Guide Right will host its 31st annual Black and White Ball beginning with a cocktail at 7 p.m. followed by dinner Sept. 27 at the Hyatt Regency, 1000 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota. Tickets: $65. Proceeds will provide funds for scholarships to high school graduates from the Sarasota and Manatee communities. Information: 941-704-6746 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Run/Walk for Life: Sutton Park, Sixth St. W., Palmetto
The 12th annual Manatee Glens Run/Walk for Life will be 8 a.m. Sept. 27 featuring a Mega Yard Sale 7 a.m.-noon. The sale features household items, furniture, books, toys, clothes and electronics. Registration for the Run/Walk is $25-$30 adults, $10-$15 students. There will be a poster contest themed "Inspiring Hope," and participants are asked to create an 11-by-17-inch poster using pencil, pen and ink, crayons, colored pencils or markers. Posters are due at the Manatee Glens by Sept. 5. Proceeds will benefit Manatee Glens' depression and suicide prevention programs. Information: 941-782-4341 or manateeglens.org.
"A Lifetime of Caring": Manatee County Rural Health Services Foundation will host its Seventh Annual Awards Dinner themed "A Lifetime of Caring," 6-8 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto, to recognize and honor Ed Dick for his work in philanthropy, volunteerism and community leadership. Tickets: $100. Proceeds will benefit current and future patients of Manatee County Rural Health Services. Information: 941-776-4017 or MCRHS.org.
Cattlemen's Ball: Enjoy a night of dancing, dinner, auctions, Texas hold 'em poker with a country ball flair at the 2014 Cattlemen's Ball 6:30-11:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto, featuring live and silent auctions, prize drawings, line dancing and more. Tickets: $60. Proceeds will benefit Manatee Children's Services. Information: 941-345-1200, ext. 140 or manateechildrensservices.com.
Charity Golf Tournament: Replay Outreach will host a Charity Golf Tournament beginning with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 3 at Stoneybrook Golf and Country Club, 8000 Stone Harbour Loop, Bradenton. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The event will feature a silent auction, and a awards lunch buffet 1-2 p.m. followed by a live auction. The format is a scramble with singles, doubles and foursomes. All skill levels are welcome. Fee: $125 per golfer, includes golf, cart, buffet lunch, prizes and much more. Buffet lunch only: $25. Proceeds will benefit Replay Outreach' program to fund the construction of a home for troubled teens in Manatee County. Information: 217-415-6000 or replayoutreach.org.
Alzheimer's Association Walk: The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's will begin with registration 9 a.m. and the walk at 10 a.m. Oct. 4 at Riverwalk Rossi Park. 452 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Participants will complete a 2-mile walk, join a meaningful tribute ceremony to honor those affected by the disease and can learn about Alzheimer's disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical trial enrollment and support programs and services from the Alzheimer's Association. For registration cost and detailed information, call 941-365-8883 or alz.org/walk.
Crystal Gala: The Manatee Performing Arts Center will host a "Crystal Gala," 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton featuring a welcome reception with signature cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, open bar and special entertainment, live and silent auctions, followed by dinner with live music and dancing. Tickets: $175. Proceeds will benefit the Manatee Players Inc. Information: 941-748-5875.
Rock for a Cause: The Sarasota Young Professionals Group & S-One Holdings will host "Rock for a Cause," 3-10 p.m. Oct. 11 on South Palm Avenue, Sarasota. The event will be based on a Battle of the Bands-type scenario, where local bands compete for a chance to allocate $3,500 to the music department of a Sarasota County school of their choice. The winning group will also take home a cash price of $1,500. This family friendly event will include a kids-only area with games and prizes. Food and beverages will be available form local vendors. Information: 941-556-4038 or sarasotachamber.com.
Monty Carlos' Casino: The Lakewood Ranch Women's Club will host Monty Carlos' Casino 6-10 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Polo Grill, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. The event will feature games of chance, slot machines, fabulous food stations, a DJ and music -- and James Bond is paying a visit. There will be prizes and a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit SMART, SOLVE Maternity Homes, Hope Family Services. Tickets go on sale Sept. 3. Information: www.lwrwc.org.
Artists at Work: An Evening in Paris: The Evening in Paris event at Art Center Sarasota 6:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Guests can stroll the galleries in a setting reminiscent of the famous Montmartre art district in Paris, sip wine, enjoy hors d'oeuvres and observe 10 teams of local artists creating original works of art throughout the evening. Guests can enter a drawing to take home their own masterpiece. The event will feature entertainment by Broadway performer Larry Alexander and piano tunes by local concert pianist Stephen Fancher. Tickets: $60 members, $75 nonmembers. Proceeds will benefit Art Center Sarasota. Information: 941-365-2032 or artsarasota.org/aaw.
2014 Free The Children Gala "A Halloween Masquerade Affair": The inaugural Free The Children Gala "A Halloween Masquerade Affair" will begin with a cocktail reception 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The event will feature a silent auction, VIP waterfront dining, live entertainment and a special guest host Ira Baker, a human trafficking survivor. Tickets: $75. Priority: $125. VIP: $175. Proceeds will benefit the Ark of Freedom programs to eradicate human trafficking in our community and abroad. Information: 941-545-2518 or www.arkoffreedom.org.
2014 Snooty's Gala "Shaken, Not Stirred": Save the date for the 2014 Snooty's Gala "Shaken, Not Stirred" 6 p.m. Nov. 1 at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Tickets: $200. Proceeds will benefit the South Florida Museum. Information: 941-746-4131 or southfloridamuseum.org.
Manatee High School Class of 1972: The MHS Class of 1972 is planning a 60th birthday Party 5:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Bradenton Yacht Club, 4307 13th St. W., Palmetto. For more information, contact Pam Pontious Walters at 941-722-5936 or email email@example.com.
Palmetto High School Class of 1974: Palmetto High School Class of 1974 announces its 40-year high school reunion celebration Oct. 17-19. The kick-off will begin with a fundraiser dinner Oct. 17 for the FFA Alumni, followed by a tour of the school and the Homecoming Football game at Palmetto High school Stadium. The main event will be a dinner buffet at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Palmetto Women's Club. An Oct. 19 lunch gathering at Tarpon Pointe Grill will round out the weekend festivities. Other classes are welcome to join us at same cost. For cost and detailed information, call Monica Reid at 941-704-8422 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
English language tutoring: Raymond Rossi, a retired Certified English teacher offers tutoring to students in need of increasing their academic levels and to students with special needs as well as students with average and above average needs at 3711 Fourth Ave. Blvd. E., Palmetto. Students can achieve the highest level of competence in writing, grammar, and reading comprehension, using a variety of techniques to enhance learning for students who learn best in a variety of learning modes, which includes audio, visual, and tactile learning approaches. Prior to beginning the process, a variety of activities will provide a baseline by which the student's current academic level can be determined. Knowing that all students have a variety of learning styles, lessons are tailored to accommodate individual students. For rates and detailed information, call 941-730-7179.
Youth and Adult Performing Arts Education Classes: Registration is now open for The Florida Studio Theatre all new Youth and Teen, and Adult performing arts workshops, starting in September and created exclusively to nurture the individual creativity of the artist. The school offers 33 sessions and workshops, varying in length and discipline, for creative development, advanced education and performing opportunities. The following workshops and classes are:
Youth Beginning: Little Theatre, Theatre Combo: acting, dance and improvisation, and Acting I
Youth Intermediate: Theatre Combo: acting, dance and improvisation, Acting II, Musical Theatre, and Kids Komedy Club
Youth Advanced: Monday Classics: write and perform, Play Performance: classics, and Musical Theatre
Teen Beginning: Teen Acting I and Teen Improvisation
Teen Intermediate: Play Performance: teen classics, Kids Komedy Club, and Teen Improvisation
Teen Advanced: Teen Acting: advanced scene study, Teen Musical Theatre, and Kids Komedy Club
Theatre Appreciation: Behind the scenes at FST and Reader's Circle
Theatre Writing: Playwriting workshop, Flying Solo: writing for performance
Adult Acting: No Fear Acting and No Fear for Seniors, Devise and Conquer, Acting for the Camera, Page to Stage, and Broadway Dancercize
Adult Improv: Introduction to Improvisation, Improvisation, Scenic Improv, Going Long: an introduction to creating the narrative
All classes are held in FST's professional rehearsal studios at 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota and start dates vary. For reservations, registration and detailed information on dates, hours and cost, call 941-366-1350 or floridastudiotheatre.org.
Lifelong Learning Academy Fall Semester: Registration is open for the Lifelong Learning Academy fall semester. The semester runs Sept. 29-Nov. 20 and will include more than 50 courses in a variety of subjects, including literature, the arts, history, current affairs, science, psychology, health and wellbeing, technology, and languages. Courses are primarily offered on the campus of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. Classes are also offered at Kobernik Anchin Benderson in Sarasota, and the Westminster Towers and Shores in Bradenton. Classes range from two to eight sessions to accommodate those who travel and course costs range from $30 to $75. For detailed information on hours, dates and locations, call 941-359-4296 or lla-sm.org.
Performance and technical arts classes: The Conservatory of Performing and Technical Arts at Manatee Performing Arts Center, offers the following classes and camps through Dec. 12: Stage Movement, all ages; Combo Dance, ages 3-5; Hip-Hop Dance, ages 6-Adult; Beginning/Intermediate Tap, all ages; Social and Line Dancing for Adults; Audition Prep, all ages; Intermediate Jazz, ages 10-Adult; and DraMature. The conservatory also offers camps including "Let's Put On A Show" for grades K-12: "Disney's Sleeping Beauty"-Kids; a Kidz Camp for ages 7-17: "Annie, Jr.," and a Broadway Boot Camp, ages 13-17 or previous camp experience: "Guys and Dolls." All camps are held at 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. For a full brochure, days, times and instructors, call 941-748-5875 or manateeplayers.com/pdf/education brochure.pdf.
Youth Volunteer Attorney Training: Manatee County Teen Court and Teen Court Too Volunteer Attorney Training is offered to students ages 12-17 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Palmetto Historical Park, 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto. Youth volunteers are needed to fill crucial roles of prosecuting and defense attorneys at Teen Court and Teen Court Too where youths guilty of selected misdemeanor offenses and some court-ordered non-violent felony cases are heard by a jury of their peers instead of going before a Juvenile Court Judge. No legal studies background is needed, interest in the judicial system and the role of attorneys is a plus. During training, interested participants will receive training from practicing attorneys on courtroom decorum, questioning, objecting and code of conduct. Lunch and refreshments will be provided and volunteer hours will be earned upon completion. For more information and registration, contact Sue Lockliear or Rina Madrid at 941-741-4027 or manateeclerk.com/Departments/TeenCourtaspx.
Free boat building classes: Boatworks of Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage (FISH), will offer a free boat building class for beginners, including those who lack skills or confidence 9 a.m. Saturdays 4404 116th St. W., Cortez. If enough people are interested, the class will meet every Saturday. Participants will be able to participate or witness the building of a small plywood boat similar to an Optimist pram, under 8 ft. The classes are free. Information: 941-580-1036.
Project Appleseed Rifle Marksmanship Clinic: The Revolutionary War Veterans Association offer the Project Appleseed rifle marksmanship clinic 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 13-14, with registration starting at 8 a.m., at the Manatee Gun and Archery Club, 1805 Logue Road, Myakka City. Participants are taught fundamental rifle marksmanship, safe gun handling, proper use of a rifle sling, and Revolutionary War history. Clinic fees: $60 adults, $20 youth, ages 18 and younger, free to active duty military, law enforcement officers with ID, and elected officials. Additional club range fees: $20 per day a person. Information: 904-424-3855 or email FL@appleseedinfo.org.
Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service: The Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service offers the following variety of educational classes:
Coyote awareness, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sept. 13.
Rain barrel workshop, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Sept. 17.
Container gardening 101, 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 17.
Florida Master Naturalist Program: Coastal Systems Module, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, and 31. Registration start July 31. Cost: $225, includes field trips.
Landscape tips and smart irrigation, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sept. 23.
Growing herbs in your garden and cooking with herbs, 9-11 a.m. Sept. 27.
Master Gardener Annual Plant Fair Fundraiser, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 4.
Unless otherwise noted, all classes are free and are at the Manatee Agriculture and Extension Service, 1303 17th St. W., Palmetto. Minimum workshop size is required and workshop size is limited. Registration for all classes and workshops is required. Information : 941-722-4524 or manatee.ifas.ufl.edu.
Gentle Chair Yoga: The Anna Maria Art League offers Gentle Chair Yoga with Cindy Phillips of the Island Yoga Space 1-1:145 p.m. Mondays at 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Cost: $6 per class. Information and registration: 941-778-2099 or email email@example.com.
Karate classes: The Anna Maria Island Community Center will offer karate classes 6-7 p.m. Sept. 15 and Sept. 18 and every Monday and Thursday at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Instructors will be provided by DOJO Martial Arts and Master Kevin Bergquist. Cost per month: $85 members, $99 members. Preregistration: 941-778-1908, ext. 0.
Boating class: The Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron will offer an Understanding and using GPS, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at 1200 71st St. NW., Bradenton. Fee: $15. Preregistration is required. Information: 941-795-0482
SAT Boot Camps: The Anna Maria Island Community Center will offer two SAT Boot Camps for high schoolers. The first SAT Boot Camp will be 4-6 p.m. or 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 16, 18, 23 and 25, and 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 20. The second SAT Boot Camp will be 4-6 p.m. or 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 20, Oct. 2, 7 and 9, and 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 4. Both SAT tests are on Oct. 11. The cost is $200 for five sessions, which is a total of 10 hours of focused instruction and strategy with a 1:12 teacher-student ratio. Information: 941-778-1908 or annamariaislandcc.com.
Manatee River Garden Club: The Manatee River Garden Club will host a "Vertical Gardening" class 1 p.m. Sept. 17 at 3120 First Ave. W., Bradenton. The class will be presented by Jo Tate, a Master Gardener with the Manatee County Extension Center. The emphasize will be on vines and how to incorporate them into your landscape along with annuals and perennials conducive to vertical gardening. The class is free. Information: 941-870-2259.
Counted cross stitching: A stitch-in is held Sept. 20 and every first and third Saturday of the month at Cross Stitch Magic, 1222 12th St. W., Bradenton. The meetings are for counted cross stitchers to compare notes and projects. Information: 941-746-4163.
Citizenship classes: Goldman and Loughlin, a law firm with experience in immigration issues, is offering free citizenship classes 5-6 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Ivey Professional Building, 435 12th St. W., Bradenton. Classes are designed to help those seeking to become U.S. residents. Topics will include eligibility for citizenship, "good moral character" issues, and civics. In particular, the interview process and 100 questions comprising the test will be reviewed. Participants may attend more than one meeting, and meetings are open to everyone. Registration is not required. For more information, call 941-773-1523 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
AARP Driver safety classes: Driver Safety Classes for Manatee County are held monthly at various locations including the public libraries. This is a state-approved safety class and the certificate you receive is good for three years with your insurance company. The class is open to anyone age 50 and older. For registration, cost, full schedules and locations call 800-253-2017, ext. 35846.
Anna Maria Island Community Center: The Anna Maria Island Community Centers offers the following classes, starting in January, at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria: dance, surfset fitness, bridge, watercolor, tennis for youth, and multi media art classes. For detailed schedule, hours, cost and more, contact Jennifer Griffth at 941-778-1908, ext. 9204 or islandcommunitycenter.com.
ArtCenter Manatee: ArtCenter Manatee offers classes and workshops at 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. For full class and workshop schedules, call 941-746-2862 or visit artcentermanatee.org.
Art Classes for children and adults: The Manatee Children's Services will offer children's art classes 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays and 5-7 p.m. Thursdays, an adults and children class 12:30-2:30 p.m. Saturdays, and adult classes 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays-Thursdays, a Paint and Wine adults class 6-8 p.m. Fridays. The Thursday adult class is bilingual. Students for the Friday Paint and Wine class may bring their own wine. Classes are $15-$25, and $40 for the Paint and Wine class, which includes canvas and paint. Students will master pencil, charcoal, pastels, watercolors, acrylic paint and more and classes will be conducted by Amalia Flores. All proceeds will benefit Manatee Children's Services. For a detailed calss schedule and information, call 941-727-1143 or email@example.com.
Concealed weapons classes: Self Defense Firearms and Hobbies will offer Concealed Weapons Classes at 421 Ninth Ave. W., Palmetto. For a full schedule of classes and cost, call 941-840-1327.
Dancing Through the Years Adult Ballet Classes: Dancing Through the Years resume their Adult ballet classes, all levels, including pointe, Mondays and Saturdays, at Bradenton Dance & Performing Arts Center, 2726 Sixth Ave. W., Bradenton, and Wednesday and Friday classes are held at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria Island. Classes are $10-$12. All classes at both locations are accepting beginning to experienced level students. Age range is 18-65. For a complete schedule, hours and location, call 941-779-1108 or 941-758-5270.
Firearms Safety Training: Right On Target, a firearms safety training offers the following NSA safety classes:
Home firearm safety course
First steps pistol course
Basic pistol course
Refuse to be a victim, a crime prevention course
Most of the courses exceed the State of Florida requirements for the Concealed Carry License. All classes will be held at Right On Target LLC Training Center, 3659 Cortez Road W., Suite 100, Bradenton. For cost, hours, dates and requirements, call 941-737-1727.
G.T. Bray Recreation Center: G.T. Bray Recreation Center offers the following classes at 5502 33rd Ave. Drive W., Bradenton: Yoga, Yoga-lates for women, and Yoga for Tennis, Pilates, Butts N' Guts, Spin, Boot Camp, Recess, Water Aerobics, Body Sculpt and Sculpt and Burn, Strength and Length, Zumba, Ballroom Dance, and Tennis Stretch. Some classes require memberships. Classes are $5 for nonmembers, excludes spin classes on Wednesdays. For a full schedule of classes, hours and prices, call 941-742-5923. ext. 6086.
Palmetto Art Center: Palmetto Art Center offers art and fitness classes at 907 Fifth St. W., Palmetto, including ceramic art classes, homeschool art classes, and art after school, Zumba, tai chi, aerial yoga, Breath and Body and more. For a full schedule of classes, hours, and prices, call 941-518-2109.
Senior Enrichment Center: The Senior Enrichment Center at Renaissance on 9th, will offer the following classes at 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton:
Italian Study Club, 10:15 a.m. Wednesdays. Cost: $2, free to members.
Silver Sneaker Class: Classic, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost: $5 members, $7 nonmembers.
Silver Sneaker Class: Yoga, 11 a.m. Mondays, 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Cost: $5 members, $7 nonmembers.
Silver Sneaker Class: Cardio, 9 a.m. Wednesdays. Cost: $5 members, $7 nonmembers.
Line Dancing, 9 a.m.-noon Mondays. Cost: $5, free to members.
Ballroom Dance Class for beginners, 10:45 a.m. Tuesdays, intermediate class, 10:45 a.m. Thursdays. Cost: 45 members, $7.50 nonmembers. No partner needed.
For detailed schedule and reservations, call 941-749-0100.
Writer's Workshop: State College of Florida offers free weekly writer's workshops throughout the year 2-4 p.m. Mondays at 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton, Room 139, Science Building, Bradenton. Bring fiction, memoirs, non-fiction, novels, children's stories, picture books, poetry, prose, paranormal, mystery, science fiction, editorials, and technical writings. Instant critiquing by a group of many published author and former REAP (Recognized Educators and Professionals). The workshops are free and open to the public. Information: John Garzone at 941-753-8680.
United Way ReadingPals: Join the United Way of Manatee County in its third year of its ReadingPal program and become a ReadingPal volunteer and help a child learn to read. Through mentor/teacher relationship, volunteers can help increase the probability of success for children in school. The goal is to enlist 200 community volunteers for a 25-week program in which each volunteer will be matched with two students once a week, for an hour long session, 30 min. per student. The initiative, which will take place September-May, is a one-on-one, guided reading program for kindergartners housed in five Manatee County schools. The schools' names, locations and times are:
Ballard Elementary, 912 18th St. W., Bradenton, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Blackburn Elementary, 3904 17th St. E., Palmetto, 9:20-10:20 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Daughtrey Elementary, 515 63rd Ave. E., Bradenton, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Rogers Garden Elementary, 515 13th Ave. W.. Bradenton, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Samoset Elementary, 3300 19th St. Ct. E., Bradenton, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or would like additional information, please contact Sandra Holmes at 941-748-1313 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women's Resource Center of Manatee: The Women's Resource Center of Manatee will offer the following classes at 1926 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton:
45 minutes to feel alive, 10-10:45 a.m. Mondays. Cost: $5 members, $8 nonmembers.
Alzheimer's support group, 2:30-3:30 p.m. every second Thursday of the month. No charge.
Preregistration for all classes is required. Information: 941- 747-6797 wrcmanatee.org.
Turning Points, is in need of licensed barbers and beauticians, willing to volunteer a few hours a week to cut hair. It is a great opportunity for retired or semi-retired persons. Turning Point also has other volunteer opportunities available. Turning Points is at 701 17th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-747-1509, ext. 334 or email@example.com.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast is recruiting volunteers to mentor children ages 6-18 in Manatee County. There are currently 45 youth waiting for a mentor of which 29 are boys and 16 are girls. Many options are available, such as the School-Based Program where the volunteer/mentor meets with the youth in school for one hour per week, or the traditional Community-Based Program where the volunteer/mentor meets with the youth outside of school, spending time enjoying common interests. Information: Sandra Hawkins at 941-746-700 or bbbssun.org.
Manatee County Agricultural Museum is looking for volunteer to assist with its museum collection. Volunteers who enjoy working in a library environment and are willing to learn scanning photos and documents, are willing to catalog collections of agricultural yearbooks and research books and performing data entry, are invited to contact Melissa Dagenais at 941-72-2034 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer drivers needed: Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee is looking for volunteer drivers. Volunteer drivers are needed to help deliver hot meals to homebound seniors. Time requirement for delivering meals is approximately 1-1.5 hours, 1-5 days per week. Meals are prepared at 811 23rd Ave. E., Bradenton and delivered by volunteers between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday. Information: 941-747-4655 or mealsonwheelsplus.org.
The Palmetto Historical Park is looking for volunteers to help catalog its exciting collection of historical artifacts. No experience or special skills are needed. Technology savvy volunteers with basic computer skills are needed to do basic data-entry and help digitize our Alice V. Meyers Archive Center. Volunteer positions are also available for those with specific skills or have a passion about history, Palmetto or its heritage, Information: Tori Edwards at 941-723-4991 or email@example.com.
Florida Department of Elder Affairs and West Central Florida Area Agency on Aging: Volunteers are needed to provide free and unbiased health insurance counseling through a dedicated network of volunteers, empowering Florida seniors to make informed health care choices. Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn new skills through professional training programs to meet new people during outreach and partnership, and to acquire healthcare related knowledge that can be applied. Volunteers will provide information and counseling assistance about Medicare, Medicaid, health insurance, prescription assistance, and long term care planning and conduct education presentations in the community and participate in health fairs and outreach events. For more information on becoming a SHINE volunteer, call the Elder Helpline at 800-963-5337 or visit Floridashine.org.
Respite volunteers: Jewish Family and Children's Services is looking for volunteers to provide relief to caregivers for one weekly time commitment February through October. Training will be provided. Successful completion of 450 hours qualifies for an educational award. Level II Background Clearance is required. Information: 941-366-2224, ext. 108.
Manatee Technical Institute: Manatee Technical Institute, 5505 34th St. W., Bradenton, is looking for retired educators and business people to volunteer in helping foreign students in the Adult Education Department with mathematics and English in preparation for the GED diploma. A great number of students are inadequately prepared to successfully participate in the courses for the GED diploma. Retirees are needed for one or two days throughout the school year. Those interested are encouraged to contact Olga Rodriguez at 941-209-6800, ext. 2244.
Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage Boatworks: F.I.S.H. Boatworks, 4404 116th St. W., Cortez, has volunteer opportunities available for people, skilled or unskilled but interested in boats, to built, rebuilt, or restore boats of various kinds with emphasis on historical wooden boats with a Florida heritage. Volunteers can participate in support efforts such as motor repair, maintenance, and other boat related works on both wood and fiberglass boats. Those interested can visit F.I.S.H. Boatworks Thursday-Saturday to obtain information or call 941-580-1036.
Prospect Riding Center: Prospect Riding Center, a non-profit organization that offers therapeutic and recreation directed equine activities for enhanced well being to those with special needs, is seeking volunteers to assist with students in the arena and with barn activities. Volunteers are needed to help with administrative duties including fund-raising and other computer generated assignments. Volunteers are also needed for monthly workdays at the ranch and for fund-raising events through out the year. Prospect Riding Center is at 34250 S.R. 70 E., Myakka City. Information: 941-713-1736.
Graphic design volunteer opportunity: Turning Points, 701 17th Ave. W., Bradenton, is looking for a volunteer with graphic design experience who can offer several hours of graphic design assistance on two projects. Turning Points is a nonprofit organization that provides, coordinates, and facilitates services to the homeless and those at risk of being homeless in Manatee County. Information: Cheryl Hedger, volunteer coordinator, at 941-747-1509 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manatee County Agricultural Museum: The Manatee County Agricultural Museum, 1015 Sixth St. W., Palmetto, has several volunteer opportunities available at the museum or as work at home. Duties include preparing mailings, manning the front desk, historical research, data entry, assisting at special events or elementary school programs, craft and materials preparation, gardening and yard work, restoration of tools and equipment, and carpentry. For more information call Cindy Keck, volunteer Coordinator, at 941-721-2034.
Humane Society Lakewood Ranch: The Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch, 7334 Trade Court, Lakewood Ranch, is looking for volunteers in several areas of its organization. Volunteer positions are available in their dog and cat care facilities. Dog care positions are for four separate shifts a day and consist of walking dogs, feeding and socializing. The duties of the cat care positions are for two separate shifts and consist of feeding the cats and cleaning their rooms. There is also a need for consignment shop sales people, desk help and off-site adoptions. For information, call 941-361-1071 or email email@example.com.
Parent aides: Family Partnership Center, a local agency that gives support to families before crises emerge, ensuring that children can enjoy their right to grow up in a healthy and happy home, seeks parent aide volunteers. The parent aide visits an overwhelmed family one hour, once a week on Monday-Saturday mornings, afternoons or evenings. The volunteer teaches parents effective discipline, age appropriate behavior, and anger and stress management. The position requires a one-year commitment. Volunteers will serve both English and Spanish speaking families in the center's in-home parenting education program. Schedules are flexible, and a 1-hour orientation and a 20-hour training session are required. Volunteers will work under ongoing supervision. Information: 941-756-3007.
Turning Points: The organization formerly known as The Community Coalition on Homelessness, at 701 17th Ave. W., Bradenton, is looking for Spanish bilingual volunteers for positions in the open door intake, reception center, computer lab, and medical and dental program. To volunteer, obtain more information, or schedule a tour of the facility, contact Cheryl Hedger, volunteer coordinator, at 941-747-1509 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Enrichment Center: The Senior Enrichment Center at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton, is looking for volunteer instructors to enhance their offerings for the over-50 group. The SEC is the premier gathering place for active seniors in Manatee County with regularly scheduled classes, activities and special events. Volunteers are needed to lead classes in fitness, arts and crafts, foreign language, photography, woodworking, painting, watercolor, etc. Information: 941-749-0100.
Volunteer mentors: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast needs volunteers to mentor children ages 6-18 in Manatee County. There are 38 youth ready to be matched, of which 35 are boys and three are girls. Many options are available to mentors, such as the Bigs-in-School Program, where the volunteer/mentor meets with the student in school for one hour a week, or the traditional community-based program, where the volunteer/mentor meets with the child outside of school. Information: 941-746-7000 or bbbssun.org.
Master Gardening program: The Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service is accepting applications from members of the community who are interested in joining the Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program. Requirements are an interest in learning about gardening and horticulture, time to attend the intensive training course and study many areas of horticulture, and a willingness to share what you learn with others. Applicants can download an application from manatee.ifas.ufl.edu and click on the Master Gardener Program link or call 941-722-4524.
Free tutoring program: Support A Child offers free tutoring, open to children and adults, to focus on core math and reading skills. The primary objective of this program is to raise a child's self-esteem by providing the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in school and in life. Adult programming focuses on English as a second language and GED fulfillment. Coursework is designed to address disengaged learners and others who are not reaching their potential. Information: 941-773-6676 or 941-301-1055 or email email@example.com.
Habitat for Humanity: Manatee Habitat for Humanity is seeking volunteers who are able to donate time 8 a.m.-noon Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Volunteers are needed to help with a variety of tasks and projects geared at eradicating substandard housing. Volunteers do not need previous construction experience. Information: Ogden Clark at 941-748-9100, ext. 104, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.